Save My Skin Stat!

I’m almost at wits’ end trying to juggle a ton of stuff. I’m just so excited to work on all of these projects but like everyone else, I could get pretty overwhelmed when I have a lot on my plate. One major thing I’m working on at the moment is migrating Pretty Darn Fit to its new home because we are finally turning one in July! You heard that right, guys ONE YEAR!!! *30-second happy dance*. This is a major milestone for the blog–it means finally having the freedom to make adjustments and make the whole site more interactive. However, this also means having more responsibility and taking care of every bit in terms of maintenance and back-up (sigh). I’m not very familiar with the process and have been studying the steps, options and whatnots since last week. This, coupled with the regular posting here, preparation for my daily classes and the launch of my new training program in July is causing me sleepless nights, less sweat time, more hours sitting and staring at a computer screen and ultimately, bad skin. Continue reading Save My Skin Stat!

Upcoming Events: Flow in the Metro this Weekend

Humpday is over and the weekend is , once again, just around the corner. For those who haven’t found their destination yet, here’s a roundup of events and activities happening in the Metro. Go forth and MOVE! Continue reading Upcoming Events: Flow in the Metro this Weekend

Sharing My Own Cup with The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

A couple of weeks back I have been privileged to be in the company of such a beautiful community brought together by a single goal—to move towards balance. And we did just that. I led this group through a yoga class after sharing my views on sustaining a healthy lifestyle. The event is part of the Brew Your Best Year campaign which sprouted from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Philippines’ The Giving Journal. It’s the journal (not really a planner) they launch every Holiday season. Continue reading Sharing My Own Cup with The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Open Heart, Nourished Soul: How Yoga has Gifted Me with Both (Part II)

A month ago I published a post pouring out all my thoughts and musings during my trip to Bali. As I continued to visit a few other places within the country the past few weeks, I realized that I had so much time to see things from a different perspective lately which is why I promised write a second installation on the things I have learned about myself through yoga. I am sharing these with you with hopes that you discover as much, if not more, about yourself through your own practice or whatever holds your passions. Continue reading Open Heart, Nourished Soul: How Yoga has Gifted Me with Both (Part II)

Open Heart, Nourished Soul: How Yoga has Gifted me with Both (Part I)

My partner, Nic, and I decided to book a trip for our sixth anniversary. We decided to go to Bali, Indonesia because we both agree that their culture is still strongly reflected in their architecture, food and lifestyle—things we both wanted to experience. I, personally, looked forward to the slow pace of living in the Indonesian province, immersing myself in the Hindu culture, and practicing yoga without having to worry about teaching a class afterwards. In short, I left to quickly recharge and check-in with myself in the process. I took a very quick break from teaching and writing too. I’m on the eighth day of my vacation, and I couldn’t help but flip my laptop open and just allow all the thoughts I have collected from this trip to freely pour out.

Uluwatu, Bali
Uluwatu, Bali

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Sweat Sesh: Beasts on Stilts at Beast House

After months of bugging my friends, I finally got them to come with me to Beast House. The Pole and Aerial Dance Studio located in Kapitolyo opened in June 2014 and has quickly become home to some of the fittest and strongest ladies in the Metro.

Partners Jamaica Jornacion, Kristel de Catalina and Gia Gapay began as teachers in different studios. All with extensive backgrounds in pole and different genres of dance, they found themselves longing for a place where they can train for shows and competitions without having to worry about a venue to do so. With several years of experience and international awards under their belts, there was no reason for these ladies not to take on the challenge of putting up a place where they can share their talents with students.

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Juicesabel Serves All Cruelty-Free, All Delicious Goodness

I just found my version of the “friendly neighborhood diner” I always see in the movies. Both my belly and heart are doing the happy dance.

Situated along the busy road of Kalayaan, I have been eyeing the place for several months but never got the chance to stop by. Seriously, it’s easy to miss! Juicesabel is a humble, little café that started out by serving cold-pressed juices. As the business gradually evolved, they began to offer vegan burgers and wraps. Today, the menu has expanded to a variety of lunch meals, vegan cakes and cookies made fresh everyday.

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Tales from the Trail: Mt. Pico de Loro as Told by a Novice Climber

The great outdoors never fail to amaze me but I have to admit that being in the wilderness isn’t really my cup of tea. Not that I’m afraid of the sun, being outside or anything. Just that the one thing I am good at that involves nature is sitting or lying on my back and sleeping close to where the sea hits the sandy shore. This is why I stick to yoga, dancing and training indoors. So imagine when, after being asked so many times, I finally said yes to climbing a mountain. With so many trips organized and run each week, I may be one of the last few people to try climbing for the first time and this is probably something they all say, but it really is an experience one won’t easily forget.

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Sweat Sesh: Treston Health Club

When you sweat it out with a group of friends, it really makes the workout feel less like work. It turns into a group hang and that’s exactly what a few friends and I did one Saturday afternoon at the Treston Health Club.

Conveniently located at Uptown BGC, the club was a short drive from Bonifacio High Street Central where we came from after our morning classes at the Beyond BHS Studio. We were met by Hannah, the Club Supervisor, who showed us around and left us at the first torture chamber. Just kidding. It was the TRX Studio where a special class was scheduled for our group. There to lead the class was Coach Ton, a resident coach and licensed TRX Instructor.

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Hot Weather | Cold Weather: Hacks from a Tropical Island Girl

We’re smack at the middle of February now–the month that, to me, doesn’t really fall under a specific season. We’ve gone past the Holidays, but still experience the coldest mornings of the year. At the same time, we’re approaching summer and if you notice, the afternoons are starting to get scorching hot.

I like my cool, nippy mornings but being the true, blue (or brown?) sun worshipper that I am, I always find myself struggling to adapt to the cold weather most especially when the temperature behaves like a girl on PMS. So how does a tropical island girl make it through this transition month? Below are the tools I am currently vouching for: Continue reading Hot Weather | Cold Weather: Hacks from a Tropical Island Girl

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